PML-N rally: 'Go Zardari go!' rings out in Lahore

Published: October 28, 2011

Shahbaz Sharif addresses Lahore rally.

Shahbaz Sharif addresses Lahore rally. PHOTO: IJAZ MAHMOOD/EXPRESS PHOTO: IJAZ MAHMOOD/EXPRESS TARIQ HASSAN/EXPRESS

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) took out a rally after Friday prayers today. The rally moved from Nasser Bagh to Bhati Chowk, where PML-N leaders including Shahbaz Sharif addressed the gathered public and party workers.

Shahbaz Sharif called for Zardari to own up his corruption and quit as President, submitting him to public justice.

Meanwhile PPP leaders accused the PML-N of utilising state machinery for organising a political rally.

End of live updates

6:37pm

Shahbaz Sharif addressing the PML-N rally in Lahore said that President Asif Ali Zardari’s corruption had reached unprecedented levels and that he, his party and all his supporters would not rest till they drove Zardari and his corrupt friends out of the government.

Sharif said that in comparison to the projects Nawaz Sharif did in 1992 and 1996, building the motorway and Gawadar port, what project had Zardari worked on? He taunted the current government saying that during the time when Nawaz Sharif was Prime Minister, there was no loadshedding. While in the current government, it took public protests to get the government to release funds for fuel procurement and resume electricity supply to industries.

Sharif accused Zardari to look the other way when natural calamities such as the floods and dengue epidemic ravaged the country. Sharif alleged that the President chose to go globe trotting and counting his looted money in London.

Sharif rejected claims that he had used government money to fund his foreign trips saying “trips, accommodation in hotels of my self and my entourage used personal funds”.

He also dispelled claims that he was going to be purchasing a new helicopter “may he be cursed who buys a multi-million rupee helicopter when people are starving,” Sharif said, adding “I would rather walk, ride a cycle or a motorbike but would not buy a helicopter.”

Shahbaz Sharif claimed that those present in the Lahore rally, in Karachi, in Quetta, were rising up against Zardari and were calling on the President to resign and hand himself over to the public for justice.

“I make this rally a witness that people of Karachi and Quetta have stood up against Zardari . . . hand the government over to us [PML-N], hand over the money to us . . . we will hang you in the public square,” Sharif boomed.

Sharif defended allegations of corruption from within his own provincial government, which he heads, saying “I will not lie that corruption still exists, but I promise you that I have eliminated corruption from the top level of the Punjab government”.

5:55pm

Our correspondent Taha Siddiqui reports that Shahbaz Sharif, Chaudry Nisar, Hamzah Shahbaz, Khwaja Saad Rafique, Khwaja Asif have arrived.

A 1.5 kilometre area is completely packed at the venue now.

Sources say that Shahbaz Sharif has been communicated that there are a huge number of participants at the rally and therefore a go ahead has been given to him to give a tough message to the federal government.

Javed Hashmi, Pir Sabir Shah, Abdul Qadir Baloch, and Khwaja Asif will be helping him out in drafting this speech that may carry a “very strong” message of a nationwide movement to oust the govt.

Senior media gurus including Mujibur Rehman Shami, Mohammad Malick and other editors and heads of channels are also present here.

05:30 pm

Tribune correspondent Rana Tanveer reports that Hamza Shahbaz is about to reach the dais, however some people are returning to their homes, disappointed, after they finding out that Nawaz Sharif is not going to appear.

05:15 pm

Police commandos are seen on the rooftops of buildings and Lahore police chief Malik Ahmed Raza Tahir tells AFP that his officers were on high alert to prevent any possible attack by militants.

5:00 pm

Tribune correspondent Ali Usman reports that PML-N workers coming to Lahore from other cities are entering the city without paying toll tax at Ravi bridge.

Vehicles carrying banners are also not paying toll tax and are being facilitated by party workers.

4:45 pm

Tribune correspondent Rana Tanveer reports that Hamza Shahbaz and Khwaja Saad Rafique have arrived and started walking from Nasser Bagh towards the venue.

4:30 pm

Members of Zardari’s main ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have lashed out at the Sharifs, accusing them of misappropriating Punjab resources.

“They are using government resources and functionaries for their political show,” Raja Riaz, who served as senior minister under Sharif when the PPP was briefly in the provincial ruling coalition, told AFP.

4:00 pm

Tribune correspondent Asad Kharal reports that three clowns on stilts arrive at the rally and earn some laughs. They are running through the crowds with posters of Shahbaz and Nawaz Sharif and also brandishing placards calling for an end to corruption and loadshedding.

Supporters are getting into the rallying spirit, dancing to the beat of the dhol and waving stuffed-toys (tigers).

3:45 pm

Tribune correspondents Taha Siddiqui and Abdul Manan report that barbed wires can be seen all around the venue and the atmosphere is tense.

They add that there are more police personnel than supporters. Regular chants of “Go Zardari Go!” can be heard from the crowd.

It is expected that the main leadership will not arrive before 5pm.

3:30 pm

Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters at the Karachi airport that the political rallies in Lahore are a “fight between the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and PML-N”.

“Why is the People’s Party being dragged into it?” he remarked.

He also warned that the PML-N should be warned not to challenge PPP workers.

“Our PPP workers are very enthusiastic. If they decide to march towards Raiwind, we will not be able to stop them,” he said.

3:15 pm

Correspondents Taha Siddiqui and Abdul Mannan report that the threat assessment is high and there are multiple checkpoints for everyone to cross through which has resulted in some disputes.

Residents of the area are not being allowed to go back home. One ambulance driver was stuck with a patient at a check point, pleading to be allowed to leave the rally premises. But the police were adamant that no cars can leave or be allowed in as per orders.

3:00 pm

Tribune correspondent Asad Kharal reports that supporters have started showing up with dhol walas after Friday prayers, whereas earlier there were about 50 people gathered at Nasser Bagh.

Kharal added that although security is strict and the direct roads to Nasser Bagh have been blocked, his team was able to take other routes to the venue, which he said indicated a security lapse.”We have managed to get their directly, it just took 30 minutes longer,” he said.

He also reported that their were security gates for men and women, and female police were bodysearching the women entering the venue on foot.

Shops in the vicinity are still open but extra wardens have been deployed to ensure better security.

2:45 pm

The Express Tribune’s Lahore correspondent Abdul Manan reported earlier that MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Shahbaz’s son, has been tasked with visiting all provincial assembly constituencies in Lahore.

He is visiting and addressing four constituencies on average per day to garner support. Party members told The Tribune that the rally is seen as a test for Hamza’s candidature for the post of PML-N’s general secretary.

Party members told The Tribune that the rallies are the party’s way of testing the waters.

2:15 pm

The Express Tribune’s correspondent Asad Kharal reports that various PML-N MPA’s are gathering supporters from their respective areas and marching towards Nasser Bagh.

A Union Council head told The Express Tribune that supporters have mounted buses to reach the venue, and that the Union Council leaders have paid the fare for transport themselves.

2:00 pm

Pervez Malik, a PML-N MP from Lahore, claimed on Thursday that 150,000 to 200,000 people were expected to join the rally today and that “Zardari will have no option but to bow before the will of people and step down”.

Comment on The Express Tribune’s Facebook page:

Waqar Sulehri Instead of doing this drama. they should resign from national and provincial assemblies.

1:45 pm

The Express Tribune’s Lahore correspondent Rana Tanveer tells us that the Mall Road, Data Darbar and Punjab Secretariat have been barricaded in preparation for the rally.

The stage has been erected on the road that leads from Nasir Bagh.

Security is especially strict near Bhati Chowk, where police and elite force personnel have deployed.

A member of The Express Tribune’s Facebook page notes:

Sajjad Gul One thing you won’t see in the PML(N) rally, is “PASSION”. and for God sake a rally on a main road will cause traffic jam, which automatically looks big crowed….

 

12:45 pm

PML-N’s rally today is part of the party’s ‘Go Zardari Go campaign’ against what it says are the PPP-led government’s three major failures: load shedding, rising prices and widespread corruption.

With rivalry growing between the PTI and the PML-N, today’s rally is also expected to be a show of strength prior to the PTI’s upcoming rally in Lahore.

The party members said that PML-N has, in principle, decided to topple the government within two months.

PML-N’s list of demands

PPP will be asked to:

1.  Implement the resolution passed during the All Parties Conference (APC) on September 29

2.  Eliminate corruption from the government and to take action against all corrupt officers and ministers

3.  Bring back the money held in secret Swiss Banks’ accounts

4.  Appoint a neutral NAB chairman

5.  Notify an independent election commission

6.  Hold a countrywide population census

7.  Present a plan for energy generation and remove the hurdles in the Punjab government’s way of implementing Nandipur and Chechoke Mallian power projects

8.  Investigate former Sindh minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza’s allegations against MQM through a commission or summon him in parliament so that he can explain his allegations

Help us build our report

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Reader Comments (131)

  • Mango Man
    Oct 28, 2011 - 12:46PM

    Now PML(N) is behaving like a good opposition.

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  • anybodyagree
    Oct 28, 2011 - 12:58PM

    its seems to be an anti-democracy relay…!!!

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  • moeed
    Oct 28, 2011 - 1:04PM

    who cares

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  • saeed
    Oct 28, 2011 - 1:32PM

    There is a saying in Urdu ” Aik ticket ma do mazayy” They want to portray them self as they are real opposition as soon as PTI started its revolution..and on the same hand they dont want to resign from the Punjab government..they are ruling 60 percent of the country why dont they just resign from National assembly..Provisional assembly and then come on the streets and show the world that they are serious..While sitting in the government and holding rallies in there own capital where they are in power…what kind of politics is that..The simple thing is that…they dont want to loose the Punjab government..This all is just to encounter the PTI popularity in Punjab..even layman can understand this…All these parties are part of the system in Pakistan today..Vote for PTI and change the system..Recommend

  • Oct 28, 2011 - 2:26PM

    Ever since it became probable that Zardari will have another shot at Presidency, PML-N seems really distressed. Add to that its myriad of failures in Punjab, being cashed on quite successfully by PTI and a fear of army intervention. For these reason, PML-N is facing a paradox – to protest the current regime but continue to be a part of it. To protest issues like load-shedding but continue to look away from its utter failure of doing ANYTHING good in Punjab (a recent episode being the drama unfolded by the faulty checking of Intermediate papers).

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  • kamran
    Oct 28, 2011 - 2:35PM

    PML-N We are with you go fot it

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  • tahir
    Oct 28, 2011 - 2:42PM

    I hope PTI geta live coverage like this.

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  • Pure Pakistani
    Oct 28, 2011 - 2:43PM

    very odd poll dont discriminate, both r real lions.Recommend

  • Pure Pakistani
    Oct 28, 2011 - 2:47PM

    add both option in poll.

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  • loki
    Oct 28, 2011 - 2:49PM

    We can already see: PTI 1 – PML(N) 0

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  • Sarah Khan
    Oct 28, 2011 - 2:55PM

    Instead of doing this drama. they should resign from the national and provincial assemblies.
    They are protesting in the province they govern themself… what kind of hypocrisy this is?

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  • rizwan
    Oct 28, 2011 - 2:55PM

    opposition parties should join hand for collective show

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  • Noor
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:00PM

    Musharraf is coming to pack you all. This time no refuge in Saudi Arabia.

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  • Pure Pakistani
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:07PM
  • mansour
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:24PM

    Only 50 people gathered at Nasir Bagh? That’s a pitiful number for a group that claims to topple the governemt. I wonder what happened to the patient stuck in the ambulance. I agree with Sajjad Gul’s comment that there will be no passion whatsoever in PML-N’s rally. I am not going to even count the 25-30,000 people already there for Juma as part of the rally.

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  • sanaullah kahn
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:26PM

    this really is just the wastaage of time.shehbaz sharif should utilise all their energies on lessening the miseries of people of punjab.he should not waste public money on these needless rally.they should invest these money on education health etc on the people of punjab.shihbaz sharif and his party shoud show political maturity instead of launching ‘go zardari go’ campaigns.
    peoples have a lot of expectations from shihbaz sharif and his administration.people vote for shihba shrif so that they could delver good governance to them not they vote for them to hold such type of rallies.
    so i request honourable shihbaz sharif to do not hold such type of rall

    ies .it is just wastage of time as well as public money.
    thanks

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:27PM

    We all know it is not “Go Zardari Go” but “No PTI No”.

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  • Pure Pakistani
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:42PM

    they r doing the very right thing. appriciated

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  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:42PM

    Enough of their Political tamasha’s … Insha’ Allah these two parties have got no role in Pak Politics any more.

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  • PP (Punjabi Pakistani)
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:46PM

    It is always good to question a Govt. it is what called democracy.
    But will Shrifs and PML-N tell their efforts which have turned the Punjab into a heaven on earth.

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  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:48PM

    Well Said Noor.

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  • Nomijoestar
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:59PM

    How many people are there?

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:01PM

    First time I have seen ruling party is protesting. Sounds interesting.

    Please also look at your performance on pure provincial matters:
    1) Police
    2) Health
    3)Education
    4) Patwari
    5) Yo may see issues like strikes of doctors for several months, strike of teachers, admit card issue, Inter result issue, Nepotism at its peak.

    The above are all provincial subject Recommend

  • Imran
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:04PM

    According to PML-N’s Pervaiz Malik there are150K volunteers on the road. Has the “divinely righteous” chief minister of Punjab ever though about utilizing these 4×150,000 = 600,000 man hours to fix/clean a road, dig a canal, construct a school, or do something constructive instead of wasting their energies just for fizzling out the PTI’s rally. Recommend

  • Hammad Ali
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:04PM

    When the country is passing through many problems, our provincial govt. is wasting the time of this nation in useless rallies… We really don’t work and want to work !

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  • omar
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:04PM

    Imran Khan will beat both PPP and PML-N. It will be evident on Sunday. Only Bhutto ever filled Minar-e-Pakistan, and he clean-sweeped the next GE. Inshallah, Imran Khan is next.
    Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • Imran
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:05PM

    ET’s report: “They add that there are more police personnel than supporters.”

    This says it all.

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:13PM

    Govt. is protesting itself. Sounds interesting.

    Punjab Govt. performace is also very poor, like, Police, Health, Education, Patwari, Revenue, etc., all are provincial subjects but mismanagement and nepotism is at peak.

    More protest against Provincial government in last 2 years than federal.Recommend

  • Realist.
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:16PM

    O People of Lahore All my love to you.
    It is already successful.
    1 km road is already filled up with the crowd.
    Jiye Nawaz Sharif!
    Long Live PMLN.

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:16PM

    PML-N may fill the narrow streets/roads of Lahore. Comeon fill Iqbal Park.Recommend

  • yasmeen Farrukh
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:19PM

    People now really fed up of political leaderships. they want real change.people like Imran and ibrar ul Haq can fill the vaccume of leadership. i suggest we should give them chance if the y come with new but capable team.

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  • haris mriza
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:19PM

    motorcyclists increasing petrol consumption, now there is no shortage in Punjab?

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  • MQM
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:33PM

    If you have guts come to KarachiRecommend

  • Oct 28, 2011 - 4:34PM

    Punjab’s people respect PMLN only behalf of Shabaz Sharif because of his lot of work done, Other wise it is totally “Topi Drama”

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  • Paras Vikmani
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:35PM

    What all drama is this?

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  • Rizwan
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:41PM

    We are with you Imran Khan PTI .All the best for 30 OCT

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  • Imran
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:43PM

    @Realist.: It is already successful. 1 km road is already filled up with the crowd.

    Get real! You block a major road for 3 hours, the traffic jam will be more than a mile!

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  • MAD
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:44PM

    “Tribune correspondent Asad Kharal reports that three clowns on stilts arrive at the rally and earn some laughs.”

    Imran Khan gets in rock stars. They get in clowns. Whos acting childish now.

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  • Ahmad Sultan Khan
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:44PM

    yes PML n has taken a good step of getting rid of this current govt. And there will be no solution if they resign from their posts, the action of rally is good because they can lift up this issue in assembly and can dissolve the assembly which will lead to re-elections in pakistan. and PML n will really win a majority this time and PTI Imran khan is wasting his money coz he can not get a single seat from Lahore, it is the gar of PML n….

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  • Imran
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:46PM

    I agree with the comment about the lack of passion among PML-N. Just look at the faces of the motor bikers in the above picture.Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:48PM

    For FOUR years they acted as friendly opposition and now when election year is approaching..they are on the streets.
    NAWAZ and SHAHBAZ must listen that for four years they ruled PUNJAB, in fact they ruled since 1980 minus Musharaf period. What did they give to this province….bad governance and total collapse of society!!
    SHAME ON NAWAZ AND SHABAZ….u desrve Qaddafi like ending..you both ruled for 24 long years altogether and look where are we standing today!! Recommend

  • Realist.
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:53PM

    Countries are not Cricket grounds where New comers are allowed to open with the bat.
    NO place for Imran Khan!!
    he should contest union council elections!

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  • M Rahman
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:57PM

    @Mango Man: except they waited for almost 4 year for thier turn!

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  • Pure Pakistani
    Oct 28, 2011 - 4:59PM

    yes mush should come today court has issued his warrants with his buddy aziz.

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  • PP (Punjabi Pakistani)
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:00PM

    PTI and revolution is another Drama.
    So called honest Imran khan collecting supporters from city to city.
    If collecting supporters is revolution then shrafis are doing this since the elections of 2008.Recommend

  • M Rahman
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:06PM

    @saeed:

    they will never let the power go because:
    1) of their lust of power (primarily)
    2) they know that they are not as popular as they used to be
    3) they want to use govt. machinery for their advantage until next election.

    Again, it’s not their but our problem as we bring them into power! I do not believe that everyone in this rally really believes that PMLN and its tested (and failed) leadership can improve his/her life and can lead this country. Recommend

  • explorer
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:06PM

    They could not do anything for the country when they were gifted with 2/3 majority, what will they do now when country in all sort of crisis and requires unity and consensus based solutions to the problems.

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  • M Rahman
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:07PM

    @Pure Pakistani:
    and also “none of them”

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  • M Rahman
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:12PM

    @Noor:

    Response from D Brothers:

    hmmmmm, no problem, how about Turkey. Hassan is already settled in Saudia and UK, we have to do something for Hamza now.

    Yours
    CM and Mr. Mills

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  • Imran
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:13PM

    ET reports: “PML-N workers coming to Lahore from other cities are entering the city without paying toll tax at Ravi bridge. Vehicles carrying banners are also not paying toll tax and are being facilitated by party workers.”

    This is the sum total of PML-N’s culture. Don’t pay your taxes, don’t pay your toll. I guess the rally was supposed to be against corruption… wasn’t it?

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  • Realist.
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:15PM

    this MASSIVE crowd should clear the misconceptions of the people that Lahore is not with PMLN.
    LAHORE STILL is the strong hold of PMLN.
    Long live People of lahore!

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  • M Rahman
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:19PM

    Another topi drama..

    somone needs to ask them:

    what are they protesting against? against their own govt?????
    why they were sleeping (and actually waiting for their turn) for the last 4 years
    why do not they resign from assemblies??
    when will they stop (if ever) using govt. machienary for their own interests?
    and

    when will they stop exploiting misries of our people to win votes!?

    Shame on these politicians.

    We will have no one to blame except us if we bring these corrupt leaders again in power.

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  • Karachiiet
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:23PM

    ok, so rally is being funded on the cost of taxpayers money and ambulances are not allowed to enter o leave the area along the local residents who are stuck in the drama by sharif and the most corrupt brothers. buses coming to the rally from rest of the punjab are not paying toll tax like their leaders don’t pay taxes at all. they are resenting imran khan who is doing no illegal things they are actually afraid of the shift in the punjabs urban vote bank. reman is right this time pp has more enthusiastic and true workers unlike hired clowns of pml-n. only MQM and PP are the parties with die heart workers. i would say that miyan sahab should take some lessons from MQM to get more die heart supporters without infringing tax payers rights and by paying tolls

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  • ehsanali
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:27PM

    Zardari and Gilani must go whether by Ns or Ik They had enough

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  • ehsanali
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:33PM

    Zardari should arrange rallies in Karachi,Peshawar or Quita if they thimk they are popular enough

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  • Salman Hasan
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:36PM

    They were sleeping in Saudi Arabia in their castles after begging to Musharaf and now they are chanting slogans against democratic government….

    Born of dictator, grown-up under dictator, shadowed by dictator and now again wants dictator to be in the rule again …..

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  • Oct 28, 2011 - 5:38PM

    Realist,

    And long live the kind of governance we’ve been witnessing since 2008?

    Down with PMLN.

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  • Oct 28, 2011 - 5:42PM

    MQM,

    //If you have guts come to Karachi//

    And if youve got guts, come OUT of Karachi.

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  • kamran
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:44PM

    @haris mriza:
    I think in imran khan relly people will come by foot??

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  • kamran
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:47PM

    @saeed:
    PTI Famous means getrid off PML-N in punjab and in future no opposotion party for ppp

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  • kamran
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:48PM

    @Ali:
    I think you did not visit all punjab otherwise you did not say that

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  • Nadeem
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:50PM

    people are leaving back to home…because they came after getting money and cant wait to much

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  • Realist.
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:56PM

    @Ali:
    Punjab is the most developed province in pakistan. Look at the infrastructure.
    ask PPP & ANP & Musharraf what did they give to sindh & KPK & Balochistan.

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 28, 2011 - 6:18PM

    Insha Allah pml n will win with the help of Almighty Allah .

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 28, 2011 - 6:21PM

    Insha ALLAH pml n will win with the help of almighty Allah.

    Imran Kham will lose again …

    election Net pe nai hotay :PRecommend

  • Uzair
    Oct 28, 2011 - 6:24PM

    Courpt vs CourptRecommend

  • Oct 28, 2011 - 6:26PM

    This rally has no value…we only need Imran Khan this time…

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  • Ris
    Oct 28, 2011 - 6:33PM

    Those motorcycles are fuelled with public funds. Regardless of the propoganda my perception is that the old school parties, that have been tried and tested time after time, are done for. Their time has passed and if any of them manage to win in the next election it would be by election fraud. People who are loyal to the country know who to vote for and i am confident enough not to even name that party :)

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  • Omer Ahmed
    Oct 28, 2011 - 6:34PM

    Excellent speech by Shahbaz Sharif. Lion is roaring, Imran Khan is in huge troubleRecommend

  • Realist.
    Oct 28, 2011 - 6:34PM

    Shahbaz Sharif NAILED it!
    ENOUGH SAID!

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  • Realist.
    Oct 28, 2011 - 6:36PM

    @natasha
    Punjab Govt is wayyyyyyyyy Much better than any other provincial government.
    There are mistakes , no one denies that Specially in the Police department.

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  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Oct 28, 2011 - 6:38PM

    Spot On Imran

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Oct 28, 2011 - 6:46PM

    @ Natasha , we did .
    But with apology , the notional welcome of you people , was not so impressive .
    Now its your turn to venture in , in Karachi .Isnt it time to judge how popular Nawaz Sharif is in Urban Sindh ?

    We are enjoying the show Nawaz Vs. Imran .

    No matter what ever you all blabber about Imran , he is far far bettter than Nawaz and company to the extent of Punjab and KP ( Forget Karachi )

    Imran is acting with much maturity avoiding direct clashes with MQM ( he is smart enough to savvy MQM has a fierce following at the grassroot level of the masses of Karachi ) ,while Mr.Sharif ,as usual , has taken up the GANDASA and acting most insanely .Recommend

  • Khan
    Oct 28, 2011 - 6:49PM

    @Realist.:
    You are a regular here and thought you would understand a bit better than commoners … Mr Zardari and Sharifs are in top 3 richest people of Pakistan and this money didn’t come from heaven … All of these are tested people .. Sharifs had full majority last time and what did he do? dragged out elected people from National Assembly by force and removed then Chief Justice of Pakistan for political reasons?
    Please check from independent sources our economy was mere $500 Million not enough to run country for more than two more weeks.
    In his two governments the only thing they did was to build a motorway but nothing else. They sure were not elected only to build just a road.
    Even Musharraf as a dictator (Not a fan of the way he over throw an elected govt) was better than them if we look at his Education, Media, Economy, Poverty reduction and over all performance.
    Although again I am not in favor of Imran Khan’s anti US and pro talibans policy, but he has done more for the people of this country than all sitting elected governments of PPP & PML combined, all five of them, despite working just as an individual.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Oct 28, 2011 - 6:53PM

    Who is Musharraf ? The name seems familiar !

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  • Omer Ahmed
    Oct 28, 2011 - 7:05PM

    @Pakistani: Yeah if elections were held on Facebook or some other net thingy.. PTI will clean sweep national assembly and all provincial assemblies

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  • Abdullah
    Oct 28, 2011 - 7:39PM

    sab fraud hai!! who they think fouling around with? people are now sensible and they will throw them away. Whats the point of giving a message to someone you don’t like on roads? closing the business, roads citizen, this is the way of doing politics? for God sake, please get mature now, insane politicians. Recommend

  • Aadersh
    Oct 28, 2011 - 7:39PM

    Shame on PML-N for using government machinery …& then they don’t even want people to hear the truth thats why DUnya News was blocked yesterday…

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  • Imran Langah
    Oct 28, 2011 - 7:42PM

    Omer Ahmed: PTI is brainchild of General Pasha to counter PML-N in Punjab. But PTI remembers 1997 when its tsunami could not bag a single seat followed by 2002 where all the help from establishment secured them
    one seat in Mianwali. Imran Khan did the right thing by boycotting the 2008 election. Saved his skin and reputation of his party. With what happened in NA-55 in feb 2010 he will never come again in elections.

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Oct 28, 2011 - 7:43PM

    The hype was created as they will able to get more than 60,000 people but its not more than 35-40,000 people.

    The narrow street gives impression that massive jalsa. Poor Show.

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  • Exposed
    Oct 28, 2011 - 7:45PM

    Tribune correspondent Ali Usman
    reports that PML-N workers coming to
    Lahore from other cities are entering
    the city without paying toll tax at
    Ravi bridge.

    Shame on PMLn for using public funds and doing corruption for the kake rent a rally

    PTI wil do far bigger rally on 30th InshAllah.

    You will see the difference between rent a rally and a rally for CHANGE.

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  • Maha Ahmad
    Oct 28, 2011 - 7:49PM

    good mobilization by PML-N. good that they didnt go for early resignations. Political temperature is on the rise and with in a month it will reach its peak. General perception would follow them largely and PPP would diminish in entire Punjab. But PML-N need people from Sindh too a few MNAs and MPAs from PML-Q, PML-F or rebels from PPP would be helpful. Otherwise message will be a Punjabi ended sindhi govt. Or Nawaz Sharif removed a Prime Minister from South Punjab

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  • Ali Sarmad
    Oct 28, 2011 - 7:51PM

    Massive Rally..Lion is charging towards Islamabad PML-N Zindabad

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  • Jehangir
    Oct 28, 2011 - 7:55PM

    Look at the rally.. Gigantic.. i heard from my folks in lahore. Imran & PPP must be shaken by now. Inshallah, PML(N) will win. Now matter what people crib here, PTI & all Radical Parties & along with PPP will lose.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Oct 28, 2011 - 7:57PM

    Great rally. Go PML-N, Go Shahbaz. We have already seen the successful projects from Sharifs like Motorway, Allied Hospital etc.

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  • ahsan
    Oct 28, 2011 - 7:57PM

    People should not forget Long March 2009 when single handedly PML-N led millions on GT road. Lawyers were on streets for more than two years but it were the lovers and supporters of Nawaz Sharif who made sure CJ is reinstated. Imran Khan was hiding in Islamabad in his 400 kanal Palace. And remember PML-N wasn’t in the govt then. Governor rule was imposed by Salman Taseer. Now did he helped PML-N with state machinery to pull out millions or Allah sent angels from heaven to march on GT road. The single point agenda of the long march was to reinstate judges and CJ was restored. The Long March had just reached Gujranwala when the breaking news appeared at 3. Why was imran Khan hiding????? Recommend

  • mansour
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:00PM

    Now that the rally is over, thank you for causing so much traffic inconvenience, thank you for shutting down the shops and thank you for making our lives more miserable by your “show” today. What did we get out of it? Absolutely nothing! I did have fun watching Babar Awan disecting the pathetic speech though! I can’t wait to see what PTI does, and I have a strong hunch PTI will crush PML-N to the ground and come out victorious.

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  • Black&White
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:01PM

    Long way to go PML-N

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  • Shayan
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:02PM

    Excellent preparations Shahbaz Sharif nailed it. Suggestions: Javed Hashmi should have spoken. Missed Nawaz Sharif

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  • Farah
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:03PM

    Great work PML-N.. We want Shahbaz Sharif as Prime Minister

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  • Nauman
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:03PM

    wheeere is JAVED HASHMIRecommend

  • Timely
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:04PM

    Shahbaz Sharif please lead our country to prosperity.

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  • Lion
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:05PM

    Lions are roaring

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  • mansour
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:05PM

    the numbers may have been great, but then we also know of people who were paid to come attend the rally! lol. pml-n followers can be so naive and gullible. and let’s not even get into the speech…totally pathetic and not worthy of a leader!

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  • M Hamza
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:06PM

    This rally should be the last nail in Zardari’s coffin

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  • Saleem
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:07PM

    go for it PML-N we are with you..

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  • Hayat
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:09PM

    Pml-N has more achievements than any other party be it motorways, Gawadar port, Coastal Highways, nuclear technology, IT and Telecom, Education, Poverty Eradication, and so on…

    Vote for PML-N, vote for revolution

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  • Sher Aya
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:10PM

    PML-N 1 PTI 0

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  • Sana
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:12PM

    Insha ALLAH pml n will win with the help of almighty Allah.
    Imran Khan will always lose bacho election facebook pe nai hotay :PRecommend

  • bukhari
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:14PM

    Great speeh Shahbaz Sharif

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  • Oct 28, 2011 - 8:16PM

    Orangiwalay,

    Oh please I aint no Nawaz supporter. Go read my comments again.

    And about your MQM – you have been rightly rejected. You still dont know what that M stands for.

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  • Oct 28, 2011 - 8:20PM

    Realist,

    They may be better but they have failed. MISERABLY. Why should we support failures just because Balochis and Sindhis are worse ? Give new people a chance. Three terms are more than enough boy!

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  • Asim
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:23PM

    doing an anti government rally while being in the government ………… strange ……… seems PML-N is toppling out

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  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:36PM

    @Natasha Suleman:
    Why don’y you challenge PPP .Money speaks for itself and lord leaders know how to burn a “few” bucks.Had MQM been from feudal class,and accumulated a lot of money from sugar mills and other illegal sources,even then it would not have ventured to show street power.MQM knows the decent ways to protest against any feudal group of political industries.Dont be so excited on this festival. .

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  • Arsalan
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:51PM

    PML N rally is the most boring thing I have ever seen. You can easily tell how little enthusiasm there is amongst the crowd. Fail.

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  • Salman
    Oct 28, 2011 - 9:42PM

    JOKE OF THE CENTURY: I’ll walk, take a bike, but never ride a new helicopter: Shahbaz Sharif Hahahahahahaaaa

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  • hamza khan
    Oct 28, 2011 - 10:18PM

    brother number 2 missing in action? haha…. musharraf alone is enough for these two.Recommend

  • Aamer Khawaja
    Oct 28, 2011 - 10:32PM

    @Salman:
    Ironically he did prove that he’s ready to take a bike.Recommend

  • Realist.
    Oct 28, 2011 - 10:36PM

    @Natasha Suleman:
    Chance at the cost of making PPP coming out as victorious in next elections? & you know that don’t you ? This feud between PMLN & PTI will surely benefit PPP.
    I’d give one more chance to PMLN , will see IK in 2018 if PMLN fails!

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  • explorer
    Oct 28, 2011 - 10:44PM

    Majority of PPP in senate and success of PTI are two nightmares for S-brothers if they fail to topple govt. before coming senate elections. Signs are such that if govt. announces early elections after senate elections in March, there is a high likelihood that PTI will emerge as victorious in the general elections. Their another fear is of loosing Punjab if parliamentary parties agree to develop mechanism for much needed creation of new provinces on administrative grounds for better governance. They are well aware of the mechanism given the constitution to remove PM or president and yet taking exta constitutional steps to topple a govt., people should make them realize that they can not make us fool anymore. I think Imran’s phobia to both govt. and friendly opposition+govt of PML-N is a sign of change in Pakistan. Besides praying for Imran’s success we should work for change in whatever capacity we can. Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Imran Swati
    Oct 28, 2011 - 10:58PM

    It was a good step against the corrupts but now they have to achieve the goal by resigning from national assembly and by disolving the punjab assembly which I think is totally constituitional .
    And in next general elections its upon us (PAKISTANIS ) that which and whom we elect to rule us and our sweet Pakistan .
    Hope for the best !!!

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  • Khalid Aziz
    Oct 28, 2011 - 10:59PM

    Someone please beg Shahbaz Sharif to stop singing Jamhooriat by Habib Jalib. He must be crying in his grave

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  • omar
    Oct 28, 2011 - 11:26PM

    @Timely:
    first he has to pay tax, more than 5000 rupees this time

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  • rana
    Oct 28, 2011 - 11:33PM

    These two(Nawaz & Shahbaz) are worn out politicians know nothing except the rivalry and traditional politics. The person who couldn’t do a single good thing in his tenure till to date protesting under the power umbrella of his own–strange and shameless indeed.. PTI is going to rock them out..Recommend

  • SSM
    Oct 28, 2011 - 11:36PM

    brothers stop drama… let come back to Saudi ArabiaRecommend

  • Ziyad K
    Oct 29, 2011 - 12:01AM

    So now it’s the turn of Revolutionaries Imran Khan and Mian Azhar! Long live the Revolution! :P

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  • Oct 29, 2011 - 12:04AM

    //MQM knows the decent ways to protest against any feudal group of political industries.Dont be so excited on this //

    LOL. Decent way of protesting. Please dont talk to me about feudalism. Your MQM is taking to the street for ‘na-zeba alfaaz’ against your feudal president. Gimme a break. And keep these hypocritical sermons to yourself.

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  • Oct 29, 2011 - 12:09AM

    Realist,

    That is so not why youre supporting MLN. You are anti-tehreek according to my observation sir =p

    And no I dont understand voting tried and tested losers against a promising clean person for the fear that PPP ‘might’ benefit because I made the right choice. 2018 kisne dekha hai bhaiyya? Kal ka pata nahin yahan.

    Anyways, ofcourse it’s your choice.

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  • Oct 29, 2011 - 12:11AM

    I am just visiting from United States and in spare time follow some politics in Pakistan. Staging protest by opposition should be a welcome thing and should be encouraged for the long run strengthening of democracy in the country. Only thing which is kinda un healthy is rehtric used by both sides has not changed. Both the major parties use corruption charges against each other… Corruption is every where in the world. Only difference is developed countries dont take personnel corruption charges against each other to public rather such serious charges are taken to institutions ..so obviously both PML N and PPP failed to develop an institution when they were sharing power under COD. So i guess it is save to say they both need to sit back and let third party give such institution. I strongly hope such inst. is not created by ARMY ( Like they created free media ) and hope these politician do it themselve

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  • Azher
    Oct 29, 2011 - 12:12AM

    We Pakistani are fool… We are educated illiterate….. none has even capability to bring Revolution in our system…. None talks about system…. if you notice you’ll observe that every politician wants their own interests…for Example

    Which things were most point out in Today’s PML-N Rally? Simply “Go zardari go” means Zardari must resign…. Mian sahb never emphasis on crisis that we are facing..If we say, Zardari should go now it is enough… just think what will change become in our system? from the chokidar of the Government to the director and from the thaa’nedaar of Police station to the inspector general won’t change and you cann’t change them… you can’t reverse the policies that is made by Zardari or was made by Muhraf…… so how you will eliminates corruption from our country?? Is it called REVOLUTION?? Revolution means “The complete overthrow of an established government or social order by those previously subject to it” or simply each and everything must be renewed in system.

    It was Nawaz shareef who regretted to Mr. Zardari….He himself in 2008 said that in his regime he has made fake cases against Zardari and now see his attitude towards Mr. Zardari.

    Let us take another example of Imran Khan….He has written in his book and also admire the Personality of Mian Nawaz Shareef and now he is targeting Nawaz by calling him ” Dengue Brothers”

    Hello!!! Nation!!!

    I just want to say that DON”T FIND LEADERSHIP IN THESE POLITICIAN… FIND LEADERSHIP in your own personality that is the only way that may works for you, me, and for our nation.

    Here is the one of the famous example…

    See the European and American and other countries, millions of people are protesting against wall street… they have no leadership (except their own leadership quality), they have no politician..without any support their protest is increasing in sense of number of people’s……

    See the Arab Countries… Just like Oman, Egypt, and Libya every one knows that how these nations have brought revolution in their country.

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  • Bashir
    Oct 29, 2011 - 1:29AM

    Wastage of official funds… God bless Pakistan

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  • zia ur rehman
    Oct 29, 2011 - 1:33AM

    i mean why don’t u just focus on dengue, giving flawless results to students, etc rather that these revolution thingys…

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  • zia ur rehman
    Oct 29, 2011 - 1:37AM

    People were like walking dead….No enthusiasm, no chanting, etc….

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  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Oct 29, 2011 - 2:30AM

    Due to the forgetfulness of the people these leaders flourish.where was the monetary help that comes out now after the death of so many dengue patients.why these monetary help failed to provide better medicine and care while the victims were still alive.couldn’t these money be used to make hygienic conditions in that area better. Now a few days ago they were bragging to help the heirs of the dead by the monetary fund.It is very difficult for common people to know the real face of these leaders.Pakistan’s destiny will change when literacy rate will increase,when awareness will come to the common people,when this nation will wake up to realize and recognize their self respect.All the embittering memories like beating ,killing by police while standing on lines for a “bori” of atta,a sack of “chini”, wipe out from their memories when they hear the music of the pied pipers.actually they are not leaders they are in fact pied pipers, luring people from their music and people being hypnotized follow them to the valley of death ,never to get liberation from their spell.God bless the nation.

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  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Oct 29, 2011 - 7:40AM

    // your MQM is taking to the street against your feudal president //

    So you accepted feudalism! ,feudalism and democracy are two different things, and talking about poor while living in a palace is hypocrisy,only “naive” can believe it .Another example of hypocrisy is that, blame a party and unobtrusively knock its door too, anyway we are not slave-minded people and we don’t care whether someone believes it or not the world believes it. Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Oct 29, 2011 - 9:55AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Now Pakistan army must has to take control of Pakistan by military coup for at least 5 years because Pakistan’s current political set up’s condition and unrest have been reached on its peak and COAS is only enjoying 3 years’ relaxation and expansion in his job and watching all this as a silent spectator by saying these words “Pakistan army will never be the part of any unconstitutional activities against the democratic government” whereas common and poor man is dying of hunger,poverty,expensiveness and joblessness and government is increasing electricity tariffs on monthly basis and it shows that government is taking the most dangerous revenge from the nation by increasing power tariffs.

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  • pakistanwala
    Oct 29, 2011 - 10:01AM

    what has PMLN has done for Punjab for last three and half years, next to nothing.Recommend

  • Oct 29, 2011 - 12:03PM

    Ikramuddin,

    I hope you get some good free food on Sunday.

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  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Oct 29, 2011 - 3:32PM

    Thank you ! we don’t believe in” free” food, we believe in free of prejudice mentality.that is rare.Period

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  • Realist.
    Oct 29, 2011 - 4:14PM

    @Natasha Suleman:
    I support PMLN for being the lesser evil.
    PMLN holds the best team possible PMLN has a Better grasp over economic issues , Ishaq Dar is a gem. & the biggest reason why i support Pmln is for being anti-army or anti-establishment.
    ONLY & ONLY Nawaz Sharif can ensure Civilian Supremacy in this country he can bring these generals to accountability he can ensure the civilian supremacy in Foreign Policy.
    This country cannot face Military dominance anymore No Not anymore.
    64 years were enough for Khaakis to rule this country either explicitly or behind the curtains.
    You know why i hate PPP to the core ?
    because They are corrupt to the core , Incompetent to the core & above that they have surrendered their powers in front of army. Military still calls the shots in pakistan. as Long as there is military dominance in this country we will remain in this mess!

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  • Bukhtiar Butt
    Nov 3, 2011 - 2:34PM

    Please unite the nation and deliver them there legal and social Rights that is the responsibility of there government if Government provide the Basic Rights of Nation without fight with system.

    1- Health
    2- Education
    3- Peace
    4- Justice

    The nation will never disscuss who is there President/Prime/Chief Minister.

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